Being the curious person that I am, I found myself wondering why does it taste so much better than traditional iced coffee? Does this more pleasant flavor translate into health benefits? Why buy bottles of the stuff? Is it easy to make at home? Here is what I found!
8 Benefits to Cold Brewed Coffee:
How to cold brew coffee:
8 cups cold filtered water
2 cups course coffee grounds
Large jar with a lid (I use a large 8 cup mason jar)
Fine mesh sieve
Reusable filter bag (For cold brewing coffee, or for making nut milk)
1. Measure out 2 cups of coffee and put in a clean jar
2. Add 8 cups of cold filtered water
3. Put lid on jar and give it a shake
4. Either leave it on the counter or in the fridge for 12-24 hours. I have left it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
6. Rinse the container to get rid of any grounds that stuck to the sides. Pour your coffee back into the jar for storage in the refrigerator, good for up to 6 weeks (Longer in the freezer).
This recipe makes 8 cups of cold brewed coffee concentrate. Now, how to make a delicious cup of coffee:
Fill a tall tumbler glass about ½- ¾ full with ice. Pour the cold brewed coffee over the ice. Remember, the cold brewed coffee isn’t bitter like hot brewed coffee, so you might not have to add your usual sweetener. Optionally, add a splash of your chosen milk to add a bit of creaminess.
Note: I like my coffee on the stronger side. If this is too strong for you, add about ½ cup of cold filtered water to the ice before adding the coffee.
To change that iced coffee into an iced latte, simply add ½-1 cup of your chosen milk to the glass instead of water.
Can I cold brew but drink my coffee hot? Why, yes, you can! Instead of adding ice and water to your drink, add hot water. Fill your favorite mug up about 1/3-1/2 full with hot water. Fill the remaining room with your cold brewed coffee. You get the same benefits as when you drink the coffee cold, and it hits the spot on those cold winter mornings.
Instead of adding hot water, add warm milk! That is, ½ warm milk (or frothed) and ½ coffee.
Add some frothed milk for extra creaminess
Sprinkle on pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or ground cocoa for extra flavor and added health benefits
Try blending up your own frappe´ with ice and milk
Add a splash of Kahlua and vodka!
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